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Ridge Racer Slipstream Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Ridge Racer Slipstream Hands-On

Though developer Namco Bandai decided not to release its customary Ridge Racer title to accompany the launch of the PlayStation 4, that doesn't mean the team has been dozing off behind the wheel. You see, Ridge Racer Slipstream, a premium mobile instalment of the drift-based racing series, has just appeared on the App Store. Despite the fact it's only been out for around 24 hours, there have already been negative rumblings about the game's potentially restrictive in-app purchase system.  You'll have to wait for the AppSpy review to get our considered take on Ridge Race Slipstream's driving and IAP shenanigans. However, if you want to see what the game looking like in motion, you ca…


Colossatron: Massive World Threat Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Colossatron: Massive World Threat Hands-On

Colossatron: Massive World Threat, Halfbrick's monstrous take on the match-three genre, will go live on the App Store at midnight tonight. Match-three games are big business nowadays, with the like of Candy Crush Saga reaping millions of dollars on a monthly basis. However, Australian developer Halfbrick has approached the genre from a drastically different - and rather ingenious - angle. You have to monitor the progress of a giant snake-like robot which comes crashing down to earth with the intention of destroying everything in its path. Your specific job is to bolt coloured modules onto the body of the snake as and when they appear. Snap on three matching modules in a row, and your su…


Cut the Rope 2 Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Cut the Rope 2 Hands-On

Candy-catching sequel Cut the Rope 2 has just appeared on the New Zealand App Store. It'll be heading to the UK and US at midnight tonight, and will cost 69p / 99c. This time around, developer Zeptolab has freed loveable green monster Om Nom from his boxy prison. Turns out he's been abducted by spiders, and must munch his way through a variety of outdoor environments in order to get home. Beyond the visual changes, Cut the Rope 2 features a couple of new gamplay mechanics, and some extra characters. To help Om Nom on his quest, you'll need to take control of 5 Nommines, each of whom have a special ability.  For example, in the hands-on video above, you'll see me interact with a Nom…


Tomb Raider I | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Tomb Raider I | Hands-On

During my daily trawl through the App Store's latest releases, I unearthed an ancient artifact of historical significance. Though it's not quite The Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant, the original Tomb Raider is an important chapter in the Big Book o' Videogames. It introduced the world to gaming's most recognisable female protagonist, Lara Croft. It was one of the first forays into the realm of full-3D platforming. And it's now available for your iPhone and iPad.  To see how Core Design's classic action-adventure game holds up some 17 years after its release, I went hands-on with Square Enix's new iOS port. Here are the results: You can download Tomb Raider I for 69p / 99c r…


Best Endless-Runners on iPhone and iPad

Feature By Peter Willington, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Best Endless-Runners on iPhone and iPad

We know what it's like: loads of endless-runners on the App Store, and not enough time to try them all out and find the best. So stop running around in circles looking for the prime examples of this curious niche within the platforming genre, and just click that big play button on our video below. Do so, and a man with a caramel-smooth voice will walk you through the greatest endless-runners ever to grace the App Store. Go on - he's dying to get it off his chest. …


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas | Hands-On

I won't waste your time with too much intro blurb. We all know why we're here. Rockstar has just released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iPhone and iPad. When the original game appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in 2004, it was the largest and most ambitious GTA experience ever commited to disc. Now, the folks at Rockstar have given their first Los Santos adventure a lick of paint, added some snazzy new shadows and reflections, and let it loose on the App Store. Here is a 10 minute video of me playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: We will have a review for you shortly. If you can't wait for the AppSpy verdict, you can download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for £4.99 / $…


Trials Frontier | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Trials Frontier | Hands-On

Though we've seen a few Trials-esque games make their way onto iOS - Motoheroz and Joe Danger leap immediately to mind - we haven't been able to play Redlynx's original motorbike stunt-racer on our mobiles.  Until now. As of today, Trials Frontier, the first official mobile instalment of the Trials franchise, is available to download from the Canadian App Store. It should be noted that this is a soft launch version of Trials Frontier, and does not necessarily represent the quality of the finished product. Still, these restricted releases generally give us a good idea of what to expect from the global release. With that caveat out of the way, we invite you to check out our Trials Fro…


Top 7 Platformers on iPhone and iPad

Feature By Peter Willington, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Top 7 Platformers on iPhone and iPad

One of the very first games I fell in love with as a youngster was Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Ever since then I've had a soft spot for platformers. The App Store has tons of great games that require you leap from one ledge to another, occasionally crushing enemies beneath your feet. However, to save you sifting though the whole lot,  I've gone ahead and whittled them down to the seven crucial ones you absolutely must play. Oh, and as I note in the video, you'll find none of that auto-runner stuff in this list. I love a bit of Temple Run, but this video is dedicated to traditional-style platformers: with levels and goals and endings.…


Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months ago
Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

If you happen to live in New Zealand, you may have noticed that you can now download Rovio's free-to-play kart racer Angry Birds Go! from the App Store. While I don't live in New Zealand, I do have a magical portal which allows me to cross time zones, download games from faraway lands, and zip back to Blighty before my Cornflakes go soggy. Thanks to this geography-defying temporal disturbance, I have managed to coax the feathery racer onto my iPhone, and record a little hands-on so that the rest of you can see what you're missing. Remember, this is the soft launch version of Angry Birds Go!, so the game may change between now and the game's global release date, December 11th…


Assassin's Creed Pirates | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months ago
Assassin's Creed Pirates | Hands-On

Ubisoft has just announced that Assassin's Creed Pirates, its seafaring iOS tie-in to console release Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, will drop anchor in App Store waters on December 5th. However, it just so happens that we've got our hooked hands on a preview build of the privateering sim, and have been putting it through its peg-legged paces. Cast as salty scoundrel Alonzo Batilla, you must sail the seas of the Caribbean blowing up other ships, looting treasure, and generally being a bit piratey. If you want to see what all of that looks like, then cast your eyes over our hands-on video below, in which I guide you through the first 15 minutes of the game.…


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months ago
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years | Hands-On

As we reported yesterday, Square Enix has just released its 3D revamp of pseudo sequel Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Picking up some 17 years after the events of Final Fantasy IV, the game lets you revisit old characters, and explore new storylines over several self-contained chapters. This is a Square Enix game, so the barrier for entry is pretty high - £10.99 / $15.99 to be exact.  While we will be reviewing The After Years, these RPGs take a little time to complete. To tide you over in the meantime, we've gone hands-on with the game and posted to the results for your perusal. [App Store link]…


Galaxy on Fire: Alliances | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months, 1 week ago
Galaxy on Fire: Alliances | Hands-On

Galaxy on Fire: Alliances may not be the sequel you were expecting. In fact, it's not really sequel at all. Rather than creating another instalment of third-person ship-to-ship combat, developer Fishlabs has decided to take the series in another, more strategic direction. The result is a free-to-play game based around resource management and social co-operation, where you must unite with other players from around the world to form international armadas capable of bringing the universe to its knees. The open beta for Galaxy on Fire: Alliances went live in 14 countries today, including New Zealand and Canada. I went hands-on with the game earlier today. Here is the result: Incidentally,…


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months, 1 week ago
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run | Hands-On

You all knew it was coming. Where a blockbuster movie franchise passes, an endless-runner tie-in is sure to follow. Following in the well-worn footsteps of Brave, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and Despicable Me 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now has its own Temple Run-inspired mobile game. Below you will find a short video showing the game in action. In truth, you could probably close your eyes and imaging playing Temple Run while being chased by bees and it would do the same job. Still, I am duty-bound to supply you with footage of new games, and supply I have. Now you have to do your part. It'll only take five minutes, and then we can all forget this ever happened.…


Epoch.2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Epoch.2 | Hands-On

For the most part, cover-based shooters have traditionally been a console experience. Ever since Gear of War popularised the magnetic wall mechanic, joypad jostlers have been inundated with third-person blasters which have you spending half the game bent double behind a pile of rubble like an arthritic bricklayer. However, in 2011, Uppercut Games brought a variation of this popular subgenre to the App Store. The game was called Epoch., and it condensed the popular cover-based shooting mechanic to a touchscreen-friendly tap-and-swipe system. We rather liked it, with our reviewer taking a particular shine to the innovate interface. Today, Epoch.2 rolled onto iOS. Our review is incoming, bu…


Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas | Hands-On

Few indie games have generated as much buzz as Oceanhorn. Two years in development, Cornfox & Bros.'s Zelda-esque action RPG has been turning heads and widening eyes since the first screenshots appeared online. As of midnight tonight, Oceanhorn will go live on App Stores worldwide. However, if you can't wait till then to see the game in action, you can watch me play through the first 15 minutes in the video below. Be sure to check back soon for the AppSpy review.…